Rybakina Pliskova Humbert Paul Darderi WTA 500 250 ATP 250

by Alain Chivilò


Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open. WTA 500

The number one seed confirms hersel as such. Elena Rybakina returns to victory after an incredible match in Australia. After fighting in the deciding set against Collins and Samsonova she wins the second tournament of the year: in 1.08 h, 6/1, 6/4 vs Daria Kasatkina.

Opening set with breaks and breaks back but Kazakhstan spreads. In the second the Russian resists, a hard-fought set, but an extra break rewards Elena (3/7 – 2/2).

In the doubles Kenin/Mattek-Sands 6/4, 7/6 (4) vs Noskova-Watson in 1.41 h.

Cluj-napoca, Transylvania Open. WTA 250

Karolina Pliskova starts the season with a victory confirming the progress seen in recent weeks. In 1.25 h, 6/4, 6/3 vs Anna Bogdan.

The home tennis player fails to win, but Simona Halep awaits the outcome of the appeal from Lausanne. In her career she has always given everything based on her condition. As it was for Yastremska, a prompt return to Halep.

In the land of Dracula the first set was hard fought with a break point making the difference, 1/4 – 2/7. In the second Pliskova continued to keep pace vs Bogdan.  

In the doubles McNally-Muhammad 6/3, 6/4 vs Dart-Mihalikova in 1.18 h.

Open 13 Provence. Marsiglia. ATP 250

Ugo Humbert 6/4, 6/3 vs Grigor Dimitrov in 1.24 h

Dallas Open, ATP 250

Tommy Paul 7/6 (3), 5/7, 6/3 vs Marcos Giron in 2.29 h

Cordoba Open, ATP 250

The final of the players coming from the qualifiers: Luciano Darderi vs Facundo Bagnis.

In two sets 6/1, 6/4 in 1.05 h Luciano Darderi confirms his superiority and form by winning a game that was perhaps unexpected before the tournament. In the second set, 2/7 break points highlight effective pressure. After the Lima Challenger, an absolute first on the ATP 250 circuit. From a clay court perspective, to be taken into consideration in the next months.


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